May 13 Birthday: Joe Louis

Joe Louis, boxer

May 13, 1914-April 12, 1981

A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Kadir Nelson (Dial, 2011)

An iconic fight between American heavyweight boxer Joe Louis and German Max Schmeling on the eve of WWII drew Americans together and came to symbolize the war. This is a stirring story of hope.

The Official Web Site of Joe Louis gives visitors photos, quotes, fast facts and a biography.

January 17: MUHAMMAD ALI: CHAMPION OF THE WORLD

Muhammad Ali, boxer
January 17, 1942-

Muhammad Ali: Champion of the World by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Francois Roca (Schwartz & Wade, 2008)

Winter
captures Ali’s personality and his contribution to the sport in this
biography about his life and career and starts by introducing young
readers to the first African American heavy weight champion of the
world, Jack Johnson.

The Muhammad Ali Center, a cultural center and museum built to pay hommage to the champion boxer is located in Louisville, Kentucky.

January 17: I SHOOK UP THE WORLD: THE INCREDIBLE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD ALI

Muhammad Ali, athlete

Jan. 17, 1942-

I Shook Up the World: The Incredible Life of Muhammad Ali by Maryum Ali, illustrated by Patrick Johnson (Beyond Words Publishing, 2004)

Three-time
winner of the World Heavyweight boxing championship, an Olympic gold
medal and numerous other awards, Ali was born Cassius Clay, Jr. in
Louisville, Kentucky. One of his most famous quotes is “Float like a
butterfly and sting like a bee.”

Visit the Kids section of Ali’s Official Website that highlights the many accomplishments of this African-American super athlete.